The 2008 congressional elections in Georgia were held on November 4, 2008, to determine who would represent the state of Georgia in the United States House of Representatives, coinciding with the presidential and senatorial elections. Representatives are elected for two-year terms; those elected will serve in the 111th Congress from January 3, 2009, until January 3, 2011.
Georgia has thirteen seats in the House, apportioned according to the 2000 United States Census. Its 2007-2008 congressional delegation consisted of seven Republicans and six Democrats. No districts changed party, although CQ Politics had forecasted districts 8 and 12 to be at some risk for the incumbent party.
|United States House of Representatives elections in Georgia, 2008|
|Party||Votes||Percentage||Seats before||Seats after||+/-|
|Invalid or blank votes||-||-%|
All information came from the Secretary of State of Georgia website.
|1||Jack Kingston||Re-election||Bill Gillespie||Jack Kingston|
|2||Sanford Bishop||Re-election||Sanford Bishop||Lee Ferrell|
|3||Lynn Westmoreland||Re-election||Stephen Camp||Lynn Westmoreland||Loretta VanPelt|
|4||Hank Johnson||Re-election||Hank Johnson||Loren Christopher Collins|
|5||John Lewis||Re-election||John Lewis||Shira Kash|
|6||Tom Price||Re-election||Bill Jones||Tom Price|
|7||John Linder||Re-election||Doug Heckman||John Linder|
|8||Jim Marshall||Re-election||Jim Marshall||Rick Goddard|
|9||Nathan Deal||Re-election||Jeff Scott||Nathan Deal|
|10||Paul Broun||Re-election||Bobby Saxon||Paul Broun|
|11||Phil Gingrey||Re-election||Bud Gammon||Phil Gingrey|
|12||John Barrow||Re-election||John Barrow||John Stone|
|13||David Scott||Re-election||David Scott||Deborah Honeycutt|
|Republican||Jack Kingston (incumbent)||165,890||66.5|
|Democratic||Sanford Bishop (incumbent)||158,435||68.9|
|Republican||Lynn Westmoreland (incumbent)||225,055||65.7|
|Independent||Loretta VanPelt (write-in)||3||0.0|
|Democratic||Hank Johnson (incumbent)||224,494||99.9|
|Independent||Loren Christopher Collins (write-in)||159||0.1|
|Independent||Faye Coffield (write-in)||35||0.0|
|Independent||Jacob Perasso (write-in)||6||0.0|
|Democratic||John Lewis (incumbent)||231,368||100.0|
Republican incumbent Tom Price (campaign website) won against Democratic nominee Bill Jones (campaign website), an Air Force veteran and high-tech businessman. CQ Politics forecasted the race as 'Safe Republican'.
|Republican||Tom Price (incumbent)||231,520||68.5|
Republican incumbent John Linder (campaign website) won against Democratic nominee Doug Heckman (campaign website), a veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. CQ Politics forecasted the race as 'Safe Republican'.
|Republican||John Linder (incumbent)||209,354||62.0|
Marshall survived a challenge from former Republican congressman Mac Collins in 2006 by 1,752 votes and was expected to face a tough re-election bid in 2008. Some thought this might prompt him to challenge U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss in Georgia's Senate race, but he decided to stay in the House. Marshall won easily in the primary against music teacher Robert Nowak (campaign website).
On the Republican side, retired Air Force Major General Rick Goddard announced that he would run. His background may have great appeal in a district with a large number of veterans, though Marshall's own military background and well-established credibility on military issues may cancel this out. Other potential Republican candidates were state Senator Ross Tolleson, state Senator Cecil Staton and former congressman Mac Collins, but Goddard ran unopposed.
|Democratic||Jim Marshall (incumbent)||157,241||57.2|
|Republican||Nathan Deal (incumbent)||217,493||75.5|
In a 2007 special election, physician Paul Broun, a Republican with libertarian views, won a stunning upset in a non-partisan runoff. On July 15, Broun fended off his Republican primary challenger and state Representative Barry Fleming 71.0% to 29.0%.
|Republican||Paul Broun (incumbent)||177,265||60.7|
|Republican||Phil Gingrey (incumbent)||204,082||68.2|
Barrow won against State Senator Regina D. Thomas in the Democratic primary. In 2006, John Barrow won by only 864 votes against the Republican nominee, former Representative Max Burns. Barrow had defeated then-incumbent Burns in 2004 with 52% of the vote, but in 2007 Burns accepted a job with North Georgia College and State University.
On the Republican side, radio announcer and former congressional aide John Stone won against mechanical engineer and former presidential candidate Ray McKinney and Ben Crystal.
The present district, which was implemented starting with the 2006 election, would have given John Kerry 51% in 2004 (CPVI=D+2).
|Democratic||John Barrow (incumbent)||164,562||66.0|
Democratic incumbent David Scott (campaign website) won against Republican nominee Deborah Honeycutt (campaign website), who also ran unsuccessfully in 2006. CQ Politics forecasted the race as 'Democrat Favored'. Scott won against Donzella James in the Democratic primary election.
|Democratic||David Scott (incumbent)||205,919||69.0|